Current lab members

Baum Lab (pre-Pandemic) Front (L>R): Libby Berryman, Zhen Peng, Talia Sankari, David Baum, Lena Vincent, Melody Sain, Stephanie Colón-Santos. Back (L>R)Jacob Cosby, Jacob Yourich, Alex Plum, Brandon Dawning, Praful Gagrani.

Dr. David Baum (he/him)

Professor of Botany
Phone: (608) 267 – 5385
Email: dbaum@wisc.edu
Twitter: @baobabbaum
Research Interests: Evolutionary and systematic theory; plant evolution and developmental genetics; origin of life; pollination biology

Curriculum Vitae

 

Dr. Zhen Peng (he/him)
Postdoctoral associate
Ph.D. Evolution, Ecology and Population Biology 2019
Email: peng69@wisc.edu
Research Interests: Evolution before genes; Models for the emergence of life from chemical reaction networks

 

 

 

 

Dr. Stephanie Colón-Santos (she/her)
Postdoctoral Associate
Ph.D. Chemistry 2019
Email: colonsantos@wisc.edu
Research Interests: Prebiotic chemistry; The emergence of autocatalytic behavior in messy chemical mixtures

 

 

 

Melody Sain (she/her)
Graduate Student – Botany
Email: lvincent3@wisc.edu
Twitter: @melpsain

Research Interests: Genomic architecture of plant sex determination.

 

 

 

 

Lena Vincent (she/her)
Graduate Student – Astrobiology and Prebiotic Chemistry
Email: lvincent3@wisc.edu
Twitter: @lenanvincent
Research Interests: Artificial life; prebiotic chemistry; experimental evolution

 

 

 

 

Praful Gagrani (he/him)
Graduate Student – Physics
Email: praful.gagrani@gmail.com
Research Interests: Energy, information, and the emergence of life

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tym Sokoloskyi
Graduate Student – Botany
Email: sokolskyi@wisc.edu
Research Interests: Origin and early evolution of life

 

 

 

 

 

 

Talia Sankari (she/her)
Graduate Student – Microbiology
Email: tsankari@wisc.edu

 

 

 

 

Emily Jacobson (she/her)
Undergraduate Student – Engineering Physics
Email: ejacobson5@wisc.edu

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rahul Kartha (he/him)
Undergraduate Student – Computer Science
Email: rkartha@wisc.edu

 

 

 

Keeley Kuru (she/her)
Undergraduate Student – Biochemistry
Email: kkuru@wisc.edu

 

 

 

 

 

Steven Manos
Undergraduate Student – Biology and Political Science
Email: samanos@wisc.edu

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ronan Montgomery-Taylor
Undergraduate Student – Botany
Email: montgomeryta@wisc.edu